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Susan Bordo is known for the clarity, accessibility, and contemporary relevance of her writing. Her first book, The Flight to Objectivity, has become a classic of feminist philosophy. In 1993, increasingly aware of our culture's preoccupation with weight and body image, she published Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body, a book that is still widely read and assigned in classes today. During speaking tours for that book, she encountered many young men who asked, "What about us?" The result was The Male Body: A New Look at Men in Public and in Private (1999). Both books were highly praised by reviewers, with Unbearable Weight named a 1993 Notable Book by the New York Times and The Male Body featured in Mademoiselle, Elle ...more

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The Destruction of Hillary Clinton by Susan Bordo
"‘One of the most incisive social critics working today—and one of the best writers, too. Whether she’s dissecting Lolita, movie and book, or Marlon Brando, 50s icon and symbol of masculinity, she’s never predictable and often profound.’
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The Creation of Anne Boleyn by Susan Bordo
"Probably one of my favorite books about Anne Boleyn. Not only does Bordo provide a great "history of", but she examines Anne through many different lenses. This was probably one of the first books I read about Anne that didn't have rampant misinte..." Read more of this review »
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"Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's a fascinating read, not only about Anne herself, but also about how she has been portrayed and interpreted over the years since her life and death. In many ways, she remains a mystery, but accounts of her very of..." Read more of this review »
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“From the day he first made me his, to the last day I made him mine, yes, let me set it down in numbers. I who can count and reckon, and have the time. Of all the days I was his and did not love him—this; and this; and this many. Of all the days I was his—and he had ceased to love me—this many; and this. In days—it comes to a thousand days—out of the years. Strangely, just a thousand. And of that thousand—one—when we were both in love. Only one, when our loves met and overlapped and were both mine and his. When I no longer hated him, he began to hate me. Except for that one day. One day, out of all the years.30”
Susan Bordo, The Creation of Anne Boleyn: A New Look at England's Most Notorious Queen

“all historical fiction is really contemporary fiction; you write out of your own time.44”
Susan Bordo, The Creation of Anne Boleyn: A New Look at England's Most Notorious Queen

“in an age when most people get their history from TV and movies, we are losing our collective sense of “what really happened.”
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